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Is there any way to beat Jake Arrieta?

Jacob Joseph Arrieta, or Jake Arrieta to most of you, is not a human being. Or maybe that’s Lil’ Wayne. I get them confused. Over his past 12 starts, spanning August and September, Arrieta is 11-0 with a 0.41 ERA and a no-hitter. He’s struck out 89 in 88.1 innings with only 14 walks. Good luck with that, Pittsburgh. The player who was once traded for Scott Feldman (forget the...
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Finding hope against Jake Arrieta

You may have heard a thing or two about this pitcher the Pirates are going up against tomorrow night. He’s pretty good. Like, “arguably the best second half in baseball history” good. So good that the Pirates are underdogs in this game – at home. The hype is real – you can look at his numbers, or look what he did to the Pirates in five games against them this year (a grand...
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Montero and Cervelli: Twin Stories Colliding in the City of Bridges

The most fascinating players on the field on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh are likely to be Gerrit Cole and Jake Arrieta. They’re the aces, after all. They’re the huge names around whose matchup anticipation so nicely formed in the final days and weeks of the regular season. Starting pitchers take center stage during the postseason, if […]
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Arrieta-Cole, objectively one of best playoff matchups ever

Individual performances tend to be magnified in the postseason, and that is especially true of pitchers. While 16-18 other players appear in the lineups and many others will have profound impacts on the outcomes of games over the next month, the starting pitcher will likely have more influence over the outcome of a single game than any other player. Everything is magnified in the...
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Maddon Reaches Into The Unknown As Arrieta Reaches New Heights

If you are even on the periphery of Cubs fandom at the moment, there’s a good chance you’re aware that Jake Arrieta is having an absolutely brilliant season on the mound. I don’t really need to go over the numbers yet another time, but here’s the deal: he’s good. But I don’t want to talk […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

In which we accept Jake Arrieta in the Wild Card Game as an inevitability

I said this before last night’s game, but I’ll repeat it here briefly: the reason that the Pittsburgh Pirates will not win the NL Central this year doesn’t lie solely on last night’s loss, because if I asked you to pick through the season and name a dozen losses that stick out in your mind they probably wouldn’t even half-overlap with my dozen infuriating losses. This is...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Have a #3 Starter

The way Jake Arrieta has thrown the ball this year — especially in the second half — has ended any discussion about who the Cubs #1 starter is. Arrieta has propelled himself into the discussion of true aces, and he’ll be the guy the Cubs put on the hill with their season on the line next Wednesday. With Jon Lester slotting in to the #2 spot, the Cubs top two starters should...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta’s case for the best half-season ever

Sunday night, Jake Arrieta came within sniffing distance of doing the almost unthinkable. By which I mean, Arrieta made a serious bid to hit two home runs. He also, at the same time, flirted with a perfect game against the Pirates, but that part is very thinkable. I don’t know how many times this year Arrieta has grabbed attention for taking a no-hitter or a perfect game deep,...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta and the Rarity of a Pitcher Going Oppo

What the video here depicts is Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta — not unlike an illusionist who’s been hired to participate in orientation week at an area liberal arts college — is Jake Arrieta performing a number of unlikely acts simultaneously. One of those acts isn’t impressive, per se, even if it’s somewhat rare — namely, that he’s a pitcher recording a hit of any...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Cubs' Jake Arrieta win the NL Cy Young?

Following his recent dominance, Jake Arrieta has cemented himself in the conversation of NL Cy Young – but can he win the award? The NL Cy Young will most likely boil down to three pitchers – Arrieta, Zach Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw – and the case can be made for any pitcher. Greinke has been phenomenal this year, and the statistics certainly back that up. Greinke has...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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